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Decorative switch plates make a difference

April 05, 2001

Decorative switch plates make a difference



While shopping with her husband at a lumber/home-improvement store, Heloise noticed a selection of decorative light switch plates.

"There are some darling ones out there," she says.

She took the do-it-yourself approach in her guest bathroom, which has "beigy bamboo" wallpaper in an Oriental theme on some of the walls.

Heloise spray-painted the switch plate black and drew in a little bamboo with a felt-tipped marker. She points out that switch plates also can be covered with wallpaper or wrapping paper for a new look.

She went beyond the switch plate in that guest bathroom. One of the room's walls was painted white. Heloise took three sets of felt-tipped markers and drew a weeping bamboo mural on the wall.

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Wasn't that kind of daring?

"It's my house. If it didn't turn out, I could paint over it," Heloise says.

Bright new towels are an obvious solution for the bathroom. If you buy a new fabric shower curtain, keep the old plastic one inside it as a liner.

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